Fact Sheets

Life cycle of the marine turtle

Chelonia mydas, Lepidochelys olivacea, Caretta caretta, Eretmochelys imbricate, Dermochelys coriacea

All species of marine turtles have the same general life cycle – they grow slowly and take decades to reach sexual maturity. They occupy differing habitats at various stages of their lives and are capable of long migrations of up to thousands kilometres between foraging grounds and nesting beaches.